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2013 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Jacaranda Street by Damen O'Brien (First Prize)

Though stuttering and querulous, there’s a beat,
where Lifeline recycles Ipswich back to Ipswich,
and neither flood was allowed to cause a hitch,
and though the school went under there wasn’t water on the pitch.
The Jacaranda roots are deep and hungry on Jacaranda Street.

The lorikeets and figbirds have the squealers in retreat;
where the bats drop mango bombs on flaking roofs
and soup the sides of cars with sticky brews,
and the maggies and the Ibis drab their feathers in reproof.
There’s always roosts in Jacarandas on Jacaranda Street.

ACDC is the chosen soundtrack, and silences are fleet:
where the 3am coal train has all the toilets flush;
and sets off the dogs again from a momentary hush,
and the rust buckets return their shift workers in a rush
of two wheels in the gutters under Jacarandas on Jacaranda Street.

There’s nothing going on at all – we’re all discreet:
where five year olds carom Woolworth’s chariots in the carpark,
and fifteen year olds stagger drunkenly somewhere in the dark.
There’s all shapes and sizes pressed uneasily in this ark:
the Jacaranda’s witness nothing on Jacaranda street.

The grass dies green, and madness grows greener in the heat:
when the team wins there’s a party, and a domestic when they lose;
it all spills out amongst the wheelie bins, in screaming and abuse;
and good fences make good neighbours if they choose;
and Jacarandas mark our fences, on Jacaranda Street.

The cafes and the wine bars are coming – such conceits:
where the milk company changed the name but kept the trees;
they’re landscaping the cul-de-sacs and the battlers are being squeezed;
while they’re re-stumping all the Queenslanders off their knees;
we’ll all be parking Audis under the Jacarandas soon, on Jacaranda Street.

There’s something in them, that makes a road complete:
and though things have a way of cutting one by one
old plans back to the stump, and when there’s none
left but memories of their drifts and ghosts of flowers gone;
the Jacarandas will bloom blue fires on Jacaranda Street.

Eight Embraces by Julie Lynch (Second Prize)

Robowars at the "Swich" by Scott Thouard (Third Prize)

Bomb by Brett Dionysius (Highly Commended)

Little Brisbane by Caitlin Prouatt (Highly Commended)

The Elixir by Damen O'Brien (Highly Commended)

Fishing by Maureen Clifford (Highly Commended)

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Broderick Family Award – 14-15 Years

Queensland Times Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years